This weekend: opening day in Prospect Park, a Mardi Gras celebration and Carnegie Hall for the whole family!

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: April 1-2

It’s April, hooray! This weekend is all about spring and we couldn’t be happier. Have fun at Prospect Park’s opening weekend or a carnival in Bryant Park — if the weather isn’t cooperative, there are plenty of indoor activities as well! Enjoy yourselves, and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more fun!

Ready to welcome spring? Check out this amazing butterfly garden and watch the wonder in your children’ eyes as the caterpillars become butterflies.

Peeps, Cadbury eggs, chocolate bunnies–we all love them, but your kids can only eat so many sweets. Check out these six Easter-basket treats that aren’t candy!

BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND

Prospect Park 150th Anniversary Opening Weekend
All Weekend
A full weekend of special events and festivities including an ice disco and an opening day parade and fair, an exhibition 1860s ballgame, running and walking tours, and the first Smorgasburg of the season.

Family Play Day, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights
Saturday
Families can try FREE hands-on activities and games that will be featured in a new exhibition about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront. By coming to play, you will have a key voice in what activities become a permanent part of our exhibition when it opens later this year. Registration recommended.

Green Eggs: an Eco Friendly Easter with Make Better, Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens
Saturday
Welcome spring and celebrate Easter with FREE kid-friendly activities such as sustainable egg dying and planting seeds in biodegradable egg carton starter kits. Learn how to start your own edible garden while enjoying tasty Easter snacks! Registration recommended. For ages 5+

Friends of Park Slope Library Book Sale, Park Slope
Saturday
Spring Book Sale in the Library’s basement auditorium. All proceeds of the sale will benefit the Park Slope Branch of Brooklyn Public Library.

Wild Rumpus: A Celebration of Where the Wild Things Are, Central Library, Prospect Heights.
Saturday
Join the Brooklyn Public Library for a FREE celebration of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. There will be crafts, a wild rumpus dance party, photo booth props, and a screening of classic Sendak cartoons in the auditorium.

Creativity Lab, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights.
Sunday
Visitors of all ages are invited to drop by the museum studios and explore their creative side. In this drop-in workshop, FREE with museum admission, take inspiration from the galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay for as long as you’d like!

MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND

Le Carrousel Kids Carnaval, Bryant Park, Midtown
Saturday
Shake off winter and jump into spring at a special Caribbean/Mardi Gras-style carnival for kids of all ages! Crafts, face painting, stories, and dancing!

Matzapalooza, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Downtown
Sunday
A marketplace of artisan purveyors of Passover foods; arts-and-crafts activities, including a make-your-own Haggadah and Elijah and Miriam cups; an afikomen (hidden matza) search party; and, a photo booth in which participants can dress up and pose as Passover plagues.

Spring Family Days, Carnegie Hall, Midtown
All Weekend
Carnegie Hall celebrates families by offering free interactive and fun musical activities and performances.

Baby Chicks and Bunnies Photoshoot, Big Apple Portraits, UWS
All Weekend
Adorable photoshoot for your littles with live spring animals.

PARENTING IN THE NEWS

A new book explains why Dutch children aren’t stressed out.
Salon

The value of disappointment: how to build resiliency in your kids.
Chicago Tribune

This restaurant is offering discounts for well-behaved children.
The Guardian

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